Hilligoss Still Hopeful For A Rebound

Mitch Hilligoss didn't do much to impress the Yankees in his 2008 season with the Tampa club, batting just .241 with a .287 on base percentage. Hillgoss is hopeful that his offseason adjustments will pay big dividends here in 2009.

Mitch Hilligoss was a star in 2007 with the Charleston RiverDogs, setting the South Atlantic League consecutive hit streak record and closing the season out with an impressive set of statistics, including a .310 batting average, thirty five stolen bases, and thirty five doubles.

Shortly after setting a personal goal to hit for more power, Hilligoss could not seem to get it going in Tampa.

"I think things just got a little worse . . . It was time to make an adjustment," Hilligoss said on his transition to high-A last season.

With another shot at it in 2009, Hilligoss is hopeful for a big season.

"When I get my chances, I've got to take advantage of them. I feel really good right now. I'm off to a decent start. But, there's always room for improvement," he said.

"I feel good at the plate overall. Pitches will come. I haven't seen too many at-bats yet. But, I know they'll come. It's early, so we'll see."

But, with the likes of Luis Nunez [now in Scranton], Matthew Cusick, and Brandon Laird all sharing the ocassional start at third base, Hilligoss hasn't had the chance to play everyday.

In order to really get a feel for his stroke, Hilligoss hopes that he will see more at-bats soon. Having worked in Spring Training on developing into a more versatile defensive player, the at-bats should come.

"We messed around with different positions a little bit more this year, first, third, short, left, anywhere to get playing time and get at bats. We're trying to mix in some different positions and see what happens."

Hilligoss has worked extensively over the winter and with the hitting coach Julius Matos in order to improve his mechanics at the plate.

"[Julius Matos] and I talked during Spring Training, set some goals, obviously with walks and trying to just take whatever I had done in the offseason and implement it here. It's a constant communication.

"I worked a lot in the offseason, trying to stay on my legs and cut out movement. The movement was just way too much last year and that's the big thing that we're working on this year. I'm trying to stay on my legs and drive the ball more, really to all fields."

When asked what he wanted to do this season, he had an easy answer.

"Stay off the ground, line drives, and power to all fields."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nMitch Hilligoss was a star in 2007 with the Charleston RiverDogs, setting the South Atlantic League consecutive hit streak record and closing the season out with an impressive set of statistics, including a .310 batting average, thirty five stolen bases, and thirty five doubles.
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\r\nShortly after setting a personal goal to hit for more power, Hilligoss could not seem to get it going in Tampa.
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\r\n\"I think things just got a little worse . . . It was time to make an adjustment,\" Hilligoss said on his transition to high-A last season.
\r\n
\r\nWith another shot at it in 2009, Hilligoss is hopeful for a big season.
\r\n
\r\n\"When I get my chances, I've got to take advantage of them. I feel really good right now. I'm off to a decent start. But, there's always room for improvement,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel good at the plate overall. Pitches will come. I haven't seen too many at-bats yet. But, I know they'll come. It's early, so we'll see.\"
\r\n
\r\nBut, with the likes of Luis Nunez [now in Scranton], Matthew Cusick, and Brandon Laird all sharing the ocassional start at third base, Hilligoss hasn't had the chance to play everyday.
\r\n
\r\nIn order to really get a feel for his stroke, Hilligoss hopes that he will see more at-bats soon. Having worked in Spring Training on developing into a more versatile defensive player, the at-bats should come.
\r\n
\r\n\"We messed around with different positions a little bit more this year, first, third, short, left, anywhere to get playing time and get at bats. We're trying to mix in some different positions and see what happens.\"
\r\n
\r\nHilligoss has worked extensively over the winter and with the hitting coach Julius Matos in order to improve his mechanics at the plate.
\r\n
\r\n\"[Julius Matos] and I talked during Spring Training, set some goals, obviously with walks and trying to just take whatever I had done in the offseason and implement it here. It's a constant communication.
\r\n
\r\n\"I worked a lot in the offseason, trying to stay on my legs and cut out movement. The movement was just way too much last year and that's the big thing that we're working on this year. I'm trying to stay on my legs and drive the ball more, really to all fields.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhen asked what he wanted to do this season, he had an easy answer.
\r\n
\r\n\"Stay off the ground, line drives, and power to all fields.\"
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